Indulge your furry friend with homemade carrot pupcakes. These dog-friendly delights are not just cupcakes, they’re a labor of love. Made with wholesome ingredients, these carrot cupcakes for dogs are topped with a luscious peanut butter yogurt frosting that your pup won’t be able to resist.
They’re great for celebrating dog birthdays, Gotcha Day, and holidays – especially Easter.
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Why You’ll Love This Pupcake Recipe
If you want to make a healthy dog dessert, then this recipe is perfect for you! You’ll love how easy it is to whip up a batch of carrot peanut butter cupcakes. If you can make homemade cupcakes, then you can make these.
These delicious treats are made with just a handful of ingredients. They are easy to find in the grocery store. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry!
Plus, when you make this dog cupcake recipe, you’ll feel good giving it to your dog, knowing that the ingredients are good for them.
Benefits of Carrots for Dogs
These dog-friendly cupcakes are made with shredded carrots, which pack a nutritional punch!
One of the main nutrients in carrots is Vitamin A. It’s known for supporting eye health and boosting your dog’s immune system, too.
But beyond that, they are also a fantastic source of other minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and beta-carotene.
The entire list of dog-friendly ingredients, step-by-step directions, and nutritional information are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. First, I want to share some additional information about the simple ingredients I used in this recipe.
For the cupcakes:
- Oat Flour – A healthy flour that’s great for making desserts and treats for dogs.
- Baking Soda – This gives the pupcakes a light texture. Without it, they will be very dense.
- Baking Powder – Also helps the cupcakes to rise.
- Shredded Carrots – The star of the pupcakes!
- Creamy Peanut Butter – Use natural peanut butter made with just peanuts and no added sugar or sweetener.
- Unsweetened Applesauce – Naturally sweetens the cupcakes.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Adds moisture to the batter and is another protein source.
- Egg – creates structure and stability within the batter. It also adds protein.
For the frosting:
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Makes the frosting creamy and gives it beneficial probiotics.
- Creamy Peanut Butter – To complement the peanut butter in the cupcakes.
- Dog Biscuits – Optional for decorating.
You’ll need to use organic ingredients if you want to make organic pupcakes.
When you make this easy dog cupcakes recipe, here are a few notes to remember:
Do not use peanut butter that contains xylitol. It is a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. It is best to use natural unsweetened peanut butter.
You can make oat flour by placing uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats in a blender or food processor and blending until it reaches flour consistency.
You can substitute the oat flour with white or brown rice flour. You can also make rice flour using uncooked rice.
If your dog doesn’t have a wheat allergy you can use regular white flour, like all-purpose flour.
If you want to use whole wheat flour, you can substitute half of the oat flour with it. You may need to add more applesauce if the batter is too dry.
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make pupcakes. But just in case, here’s a list of them:
- Measuring Cups – for measuring
- Mixing Bowls – to mix the batter and frosting in
- Muffin Pan – to bake the pupcakes
- Wire Cooling Rack – for cooling the pupcakes
How to Make Carrot Pupcakes
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process of making the pupcakes. I hope they help you make this recipe for dog cupcakes!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
- Place the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Stir them until well combined.
- Place the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk or stir them until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture.
- Stir until combined.
- Divide the batter evenly in a 12-cup muffin pan lined with paper liners or greased with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool them on a wire rack.
- While the cupcakes are baking, make the frosting.
- Place the peanut butter and yogurt in a small bowl. Stir until smooth and well combined.
- When the cupcakes have cooled to room temperature, spread the frosting on top of them.
- If desired, crumble or crush dog biscuits and sprinkle them on top.
- Remember to remove the cupcake liners before giving them to your dog.
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – Combine 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter.
Shredded Carrot Topping – Sprinkle shredded carrots on top of the frosting.
Mini Pupcakes – Use a mini muffin tin and reduce the baking time in half, about 10 minutes.
How many homemade pupcakes should you give your dog at once? One is plenty for an average dog – but the amount should be based on your dog’s size and other factors.
Large dogs can have a whole one but small dogs should only get part of one. These dog cupcakes are big, so be mindful of how much you give to your dog. Take into consideration all the food and treats you’ve given your dog and keep it within your dog’s total daily consumption amount.
Dogs shouldn’t overeat. They should not consume too many carbs or calories. It is important to keep dogs at a healthy weight. A special treat like these dog-safe cupcakes should only happen every so often, maybe a few times a year.
The first time you give any new treats to your dog watch for any adverse reactions. It’s best to start with small amounts. Check with your pet’s veterinarian especially if your dog has any health issues or concerns.
How to Store Pupcakes
Store the pupcakes in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days.
For longer storage, you can freeze them in a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months. Freeze them on a baking sheet first then after they’re frozen transfer them to the container or bag. It’s also a good idea to individually wrap the frozen cupcakes. Thaw them in the fridge overnight.
Can people eat these cupcakes for dogs?
Oh yes, they sure can! All the ingredients in these cupcakes for dogs are safe for human consumption. But people probably won’t like them because they are not sweet.
Dog Birthday Cupcakes
It’s the perfect treat to give your fur baby a happy birthday. It’s made with lots of love.
Invite all your dog parents and make some cupcakes for yourselves and then serve these dog friendly cupcakes to the furry friends that come to the party. It’s such a fun idea!
More Homemade Dog Treats
Do you want to make some more desserts or treats for your spoiled hound? Try these recipes:
- Apple Oatmeal Pupcakes
- Carob Cake for Dogs
- Carrot Cake for Dogs
- Peanut Butter Pupcakes
- Rice Pudding for Dogs
- Sweet Potato Pie for Dogs
Find lots of easy recipes for dog desserts and treats right here on Spoiled Hounds!
- 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- ½ cup Shredded Carrots
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Oat Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ cup Greek Yogurt
- ¼ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- ½ cup Crushed Dog Biscuits optional topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, peanut butter, shredded carrot, and egg.
- In a small bowl mix oat flour, baking soda and baking powder.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir until combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
- Remove the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting them.
- To make the frosting, combine peanut butter and yogurt. Spread the frosting on top of the pupcakes. If desired, sprinkle crushed dog biscuits on top.
- Remove the paper cupcake liners from the cupcakes before giving them to your dog.